Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-01-16 – Dcn Gerald

By | September 7, 2019


A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS FOR AS I SEE IT, GOD HAS EXHIBITED US APOSTLES AS THE LAST OF ALL, LIKE PEOPLE SENTENCED TO DEATH, SINCE WE HAVE BECOME A SPECTACLE TO THE WORLD, TO ANGELS AND HUMAN BEINGS ALIKE. WE ARE FOOLS ON CHRIST’S ACCOUNT, BUT YOU ARE WISE IN CHRIST; WE ARE WEAK, BUT YOU ARE STRONG; YOU ARE HELD IN HONOR, BUT WE IN DISREPUTE. TO THIS VERY HOUR WE GO HUNGRY AND THIRSTY, WE ARE POORLY CLAD AND ROUGHLY TREATED, WE WANDER ABOUT HOMELESSE AND WE TOIL, WORKING WITH OUR OWN HANDS. WHEN RIDICULED, WE BLESS; WHEN PERSECUTED, WE ENDURE; WHEN SLANDERED, WE RESPOND GENTLY. WE HAVE BECOME LIKE THE WORLD’S RUBBISH, THE SCUM OF ALL, TO THIS VERY MOMENT. THE WORD OF THE LORD. THANKS BE TO GOD. SOW IN TEARS AND YOU SHALL REAP REJOICING. SOW IN TEARS AND YOU SHALL REAP REJOICING. WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE CAPTIVES OF ZION, WE THOUGHT WE WERE DREAMING. THEN OUR MOUTHS WERE FILLED WITH LAUGHTER; OUR TONGUES SANG FOR JOY. SOW IN TEARS AND YOU SHALL REAP REJOICING. THEN IT WAS SAID AMONG THE NATIONS, “THE LORD HAD DONE GREAT THINGS FOR THEM.” THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US; OH, HOW HAPPY WE WERE! SOW IN TEARS AND YOU SHALL REAP REJOICING. RESTORE OUR CAPTIVES, LORD, LIKE THE DRY STREAM BEDS OF THE NEGEB [ SOUTHERN DESERT]. THOSE WHO SOW IN TEARS WILL REAP WITH CRIES OF JOY. SOW IN TEARS AND YOU SHALL REAP REJOICING. THOSE WHO GO FORTH WEEPING, CARRYING SACKS OF SEED, WILL RETURN WITH CRIES OF JOY, CARRYING THEIR BUNDLED SHEAVES. SOW IN TEARS AND YOU SHALL REAP REJOICING. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA THIS IS THE TRUE BROTHERHOOD WHICH OVERCOMES THE STRIFE OF THE WORLD. THEY FOLLOWED THE LORD AND ATTAINED THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM. ALLELUIA ALLELUIA ALLELUIA>>DOMINUS VOBISCUM. ET CUM SPIRITU TUO>>+ LECTIO SANCTI EVANGELII SECUNDUM MATTHEUM GLORIA TIBI, DOMINE.>>”BEHOLD, I AM SENDING YOU LIKE SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES; SO BE SHREWD AS SERPENTS AND SIMPLE AS DOVES. BUT BEWARE OF PEOPLE, FOR THEY WILL HAND YOU OVER TO COURTS AND SCOURGE YOU IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES, AND YOU WILL BE LED BEFORE GOVERNORS AND KINGS FOR MY SAKE AS A WITNESS BEFORE THEM AND THE PAGANS. WHEN THEY HAND YOU OVER, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT HOW YOU ARE TO SPEAK OR WHAT YOU ARE TO SAY. YOU WILL BE GIVEN AT THAT MOMENT WHAT YOU ARE TO SAY. FOR IT WILL NOT BE YOU WHO SPEAK BUT THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER SPEAKING THROUGH YOU. BROTHER WILL HAND OVER BROTHER TO DEATH, AND THE FATHER HIS CHILD; CHILDREN WILL RISE UP AGAINST PARENTS AND HAVE THEM PUT TO DEATH. YOU WILL BE HATED BY ALL BECAUSE OF MY NAME, BUT WHOEVER ENDURES TO THE END WILL BE SAVED. VERBUM DOMINI LAUS TIBI, CHRISTE THE GREAT CHRISTMAS SEASON IS NOW JUST ENDED WITH THE CELEBRATION OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD THIS PAST SUNDAY. WE NOW GO INTO ORDINARY TIME FOR A WHILE UNTIL THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT WHICH WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6. NOW ORDINARY TIME IS SO NAMED TAKING THE WORD ORDINARY FROM ANOTHER WORD. ORDINAL. AS IN THE ORDINAL NUMBERS, 1ST, 2ND AND 3RD AND SO FORTH. BUT THERE IS NOTHING ORDINARY ABOUT THIS WEEK’S WITHIN OUR LITURGICAL YEAR. AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST AT CHRISTMAS AND HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION CELEBRATED DURING THE EASTER SEASON, BETWEEN THESE MAJOR PILLARS OF OUR FAITH, ORDINARY TIME GIVES US THE CHANCE, THE CHANCE TO REFLECT MORE DEEPLY ON THE LIFE OF JESUS OF WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW HIM. IT IS A TIME FOR OUR CONTINUAL SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND MATURING. A TIME IN WHICH THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST PENETRATES MORE DEEPLY INTO OUR HUMAN HISTORY. ORDINARY TIME IS ALSO THE MAIN SEASON FOR HONORING THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY AND NUMEROUS SAINTS WHOSE LIVES ARE OUR BEACONS OF INSPIRATION AND HOPE AND SHINING EXAMPLES. SHINING EXAMPLES OF HOW TO ORDER OUR LIVES TO ACHIEVE THE GREATEST PRIZE OF ENTRY INTO GOD’S KINGDOM. THERE ARE MORE DAYS DEVOTED TO THE SAINTS IN ORDINARY TIME SPENT IN ALL THE OTHER SEASONS TOGETHER. AND TODAY WE CELEBRATE THE MEMORIAL OF ST. BERARD AND HIS COMPANIONS. THEY WERE EXECUTED IN MOROCCO IN JANUARY [16], 122o FOR ATTEMPTING TO PROMOTE CHRISTIANITY. THE SAINTS ARE VENERATED AS THE FRANCISCAN PROTO-MARTYRS MEANING THEY WERE THE 1ST MARTYRS OF THE FRANCISCAN ORDER. ST. BERARD WAS BORN INTO A NOBLE FAMILY. HE WAS A NATIVE OF CARBIO AND UMBRIA A PROVINCE OF THE PAPAL STATES AT THAT TIME. HE WAS RECEIVED INTO THE NEWLY FOUNDED ORDER CALLED THE FRANCISCAN ORDER BY ST. FRANCIS HIMSELF IN 1213. ST. BERARD WAS A GIFTED PREACHER. HE WAS INCREDIBLY ELOQUENT AND FLUENT IN ARABIC. AND IN 1219, ST. FRANCIS BELIEVED THAT IT WAS TIME FOR THE FRIARS OF THIS ORDER TO EXTEND THEIR APOSTOLIC LABORS AND ZEAL TO EVANGELIZE BEYOND THE ITALIAN PENINSULA INTO NORTHERN EUROPE. HE APPOINTED ST. BERARD AND HIS COMPANIONS WHO READILY ACCEPTED TO EVANGELIZE THE MUSLIM RULED AREAS OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL AND THAT ULTIMATELY MOROCCO. THE 5 FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES 1ST LANDED IN SEVILLE SPAIN WHICH WAS STILL THEN UNDER MUSLIM RULE WHERE THEY WEAR THEIR PREACHING PROVED FRUITLESS. THE BORE NO FRUIT FROM THEIR PREACHING THERE AND AFTER SOME TIME IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL THEY TRAVELED TO THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO. NOW THE SULTAN OF MOROCCO 1ST RECEIVED THE 5 INITIALLY GRANTING THEM PERMISSION TO PREACH IN THE MARKETPLACE. BUT AGAIN THEY HAD LITTLE SUCCESS BUT THEY PERSISTED. THEY CONTINUED TO PERSIST AND THEY WERE GREETED BY THE MUSLIM POPULATION AS THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE EITHER INSANE OR VERY DANGEROUS INDIVIDUALS. WHEN IT BECAME APPARENT THAT THEY WOULD NEITHER GO AWAY NOR STOP PREACHING, THEY WERE APPREHENDED AND CAST INTO PRISON. AND HAVING FAMILY ENDEAVORED TO PERSUADE THEM TO ABANDON THEIR CATHOLIC FAITH, AND THEY WERE BRIBED WITH BRIBES OF POWER AND RICHES AND POSITIONS, AND WHEN THEY REFUSED ALL OF THIS AND ALSO REFUSED THE ORDERS TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, SO THE SULTAN ORDERED THEM TO BE BEHEADED ON JANUARY 16 IN 1220. HE BEGAN MAKING THEM THE 1ST MARTYRS OF THE FRANCISCAN ORDER. THEIR MARTYRDOM PROVED TO BE A CREATION OF PHENOMENAL MISSIONARY ZEAL THAT THE ORDER FRIARS MINOR CONTINUE TO BE KNOWN FOR TO THIS VERY DAY. WHEN HE HEARD OF THEIR DEATHS, ST. FRANCIS IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID NOW, NOW AT LEAST DO I HAVE TRUE FRIARS MINOR. THE BODIES OF THE SAINTS WERE EVENTUALLY REMOVED TO PORTUGAL FROM MOROCCO. AND THERE REMAINS WERE SOLEMNLY PROCESSED TO ASSISI. THERE WAS ONE PORTUGUESE AUGUSTINE CANON WHO WAS SO MOVED BY THEIR SACRIFICE WHEN HE SAW THIS CARAVAN PASS BY HIS MONASTERY THAT HE LEFT THE SECURITY OF THAT MONASTERY AND TRAVELED TO ASSISI AND HE ORDERED HE JOINED THE ORDER OF THE FRANCISCAN ORDER. THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA. HE ACHIEVED GREAT MISSIONARY SUCCESS. NOW TO COMPLETE THEIR STORY, ST. BERARD AND COMPANIONS WERE CANONIZED BY POPE SIXTUS THE 4TH IN THE YEAR 1841. MY FRIENDS WE ARE IN COMMUNION WITH OUR SAINTS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH AND ENJOY ETERNAL HAPPINESS IN UNION WITH GOD IN HEAVEN. ST. BERARD AND HIS COMPANIONS SO VERY WELL EPITOMIZE WHAT ST. PAUL PRONOUNCES IN THE 1ST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS. THAT CIRCUMSTANCES OF APOSTOLIC EXISTENCE TO STAND FOR AND BE WITH CHRIST MAY INVOLVE BEING VIEWED AS A FOOL AND AS BEING WEAK. MAYBE BEING OUT OF TOUCH. THERE MAY BE PERSECUTION AND SLANDER AND ROUGH TREATMENT. YET, THROUGH ALL THAT DIVERSITY, THE CALL WAS FOR PATIENCE, RECONCILIATION, CONCILIATION AND EXTENSION ALWAYS A BLESSING AND LOVE TO OTHERS. EVEN THOSE WHO WE MAY VIEW AS OUR ENEMIES. AS OUR PSALM TODAY PROCLAIMED, THOSE THAT SOW IN TEARS SHALL REAP REJOICING. THE REJOICING IS GAINED BY AND THROUGH THE BEATITUDES WHERE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR THE SAKE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL GAIN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND THOSE WHO ARE INSULTED AND PERSECUTED IN THE NAME OF CHRIST WILL BE GREATLY REWARDED IN HEAVEN. ST. BERARD AND HIS COMPANIONS WERE AWARE OF THIS. THEY WERE AWARE OF JESUS’S MESSAGE THAT WE PROCLAIM TODAY IN ST. MATTHEWS GOSPEL FROM CHAPTER 10. WITHIN THE CHAPTER JESUS COMMISSIONS HIS APOSTLES AND DISCIPLES BUT ALSO WARNS THEM. HE WANTS THEM OF PERSECUTIONS TO COME. SENDING THEM OUT LIKE SHEEP’S IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES AND BEING HANDED OVER TO THE COURTS AND SCOURGED IN THE SYNAGOGUES AND LEAD BEFORE GOVERNORS AND KINGS AND BROTHER HEADING OVER BROTHER AND FATHER OF HER CHILD IN CHILDREN RISING UP OVER PARENTS AND BEING HATED. JESUS DOES NOT MINCE HIS WORDS. HE DOES NOT SEEM HOWEVER TO BE MAKING THE ROLE OF THE DISCIPLE SOUND ENTICING. MANY MAY CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF BEING BEATEN OR HATED OR BEING PUT TO TRIAL AS BEING TOO HIGH A COST. BUT JESUS AS ALWAYS WAS FORTHRIGHT TO HIS APOSTLES AND HE IS BEING FORTHRIGHT TO US. HE WAS AWARE OF THE DANGERS AND HARDSHIPS HIS APOSTLES AND LATER DISCIPLES WOULD FACE AS THEY LIVED BY FAITH. IN LIVED WITHIN THE MORAL TRUTH OF OUR ETERNAL GOD. HE DID NOT HIDE ANY OF THIS FROM HIS DISCIPLES. HE DOES NOT HIDE IT FROM US. HE WANTED THEM AND HE WANTS US TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE GETTING OURSELVES INTO. BUT JESUS ALSO WANTED US TO KNOW THE BLESSINGS AND THE RICHES THAT WOULD BECOME OURS IN THE KINGDOM BUT HE ALSO WANTED US TO KNOW THE OBSTACLES WE FACE ON THE WAY. WE WILL ALL BE OKAY IF WE ARE WILLING TO KEEP THIS 1 THING IN MIND. LIVING A LIFE FOR AND WITH CHRIST IS NEVER EASY. BUT IT IS SO VERY MUCH WORTH IT. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT A LIFE FILLED WITH EASE AND IT MAY BE A RATHER DIFFICULT JOURNEY BUT ONE THING WE SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP IN PERSPECTIVE IS WHY SHOULD WE FOLLOW CHRIST? AND IN TODAY’S GOSPEL JESUS BEING UPFRONT WITH HIS DISCIPLES TELLS THEM THAT THEY MUST ENDURE WHAT THEY MUST ENDURE FOR HIS SAKE BUT HE ALSO MAKES AN IMPORTANT POINT. TO TELL THEM WHY THEY SHOULD GO THROUGH ALL OF THESE THINGS HE TELLS THEM IF THEY ARE WILLING TO ENDURE IF THEY ARE WILLING AS ST. PAUL ONCE SAID TO RUN THE RACE AND COMPLETE THE RACE, THESE THINGS IN THE END WILL LEAD TO ETERNAL SALVATION. THIS IS THE SAME THING THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER WHENEVER WE ARE GOING THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES. WE ARE ENDURING THIS SO WE CAN SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN. WE’RE DOING THIS SO WE CAN BE SAVED FROM AN ETERNITY WITHOUT GOD’S LOVE. WHEN WE KEEP THIS IN MIND, IT PUTS THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE FOR US. AND ACTUALLY IT MAKES THINGS SEEM MORE DOABLE. NOT EASIER. BUT MORE DOABLE. WHAT JESUS IS CONVEYING TO US, AND EXEMPLIFIED BY ST. BERARD AND COMPANIONS, IS OUR NEED FOR CONVICTION AND COMMITMENT THAT HE IS THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. JESUS WANTS US TO BE TOTALLY IN AND HE WANTS US TO LOVE HIM AS MUCH AS HE LOVES US. HE CALLS US CATECHISM DEFINES IS A VIRTUE THAT DISPOSES PRACTICAL REASON TO OUR TRUE GOOD IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE AND CHOOSING THE RIGHT MEANS TO ACHIEVE. THAT IS PRUDENCE GUIDES THE JUDGMENT OF OUR CONSCIENCE WHERE WE DETERMINE AND DIRECT OUR CONDUCT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS JUDGMENT. WE DO THE RIGHT THING. AT THE RIGHT TIME. IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOD’S ETERNAL LAWS AND WE DO IT IN LOVE AND LOVE FOR HIM. TO BE INNOCENT AS DOVES CALLS FOR SIMPLICITY AND PURENESS OF HEART. THIS DOES NOT MEAN BEING WEAK. IT DOES NOT MEAN BEING TIMID. NAÏVE. BUT CONSISTENT IN OUR DESIRE AND PROCLAMATION OF THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL. WHERE WE AVOID SAYING ONE THING BUT ACTING OUT ANOTHER. IT MEANS BEING CONSISTENT IN ALL FACETS OF OUR LIFE, WHEN AT HOME, AT WORK AND OUT IN SOCIAL SETTINGS. IT MEANS WE TAKE A STAND FOR OUR BELIEF AND THAT WE MAY EXPECT SEVERAL AVENUES OF CRITICISM, ESPECIALLY IN SO MANY AVENUES OF OUR MODERN-DAY SOCIETY. I THINK ESPECIALLY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IN SCHOOLS WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF PEER PRESSURE TO DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT KIND OF THINGS THAT WOULD NOT BE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TEACHINGS OF OUR CHURCH. TO STAND FIRM, TO STAND ON MORAL GROUND THAT JESUS LOVES YOU AND YOU LOVE HIM AND BEGAN TO DO THE RIGHT THING. OR TO DENY DOING THE WRONG THING. AND SO TO DO THIS AND BE CONSISTENT IN OUR DESIRE AND PROCLAMATION OF THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL. AND IF WE STAND FOR OUR BELIEFS, AGAIN WE MAY EXPECT SEVERAL AVENUES OF CRITICISM. IT CAN BE FROM OUR OWN FAMILIES. IT CAN BE FROM MEMBERS OF OUR OWN CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY. BUT WE ARE NOT ALONE. WE ARE SPOKESPEOPLE. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WE SHOULD ALWAYS TRY TO PROMOTE THE GOSPEL VALUES. MY FRIENDS ARE COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST IS OR SHOULD BE LONG-TERM. IT IS A LIFE JOURNEY. DIFFICULT TIMES WHERE HIS HELP WILL BE NEEDED AND HE WILL BE THERE. OUR CONVICTIONS MAY LEAD TO CONFLICT EVEN THOSE CLOSEST TO US AND WE MAY BE COMPARED TO SHEEP BUT WHO CARES? IF IN FACT WE ARE IN AND WITH CHRIST, THESE WILL FIND ITS WAY EVEN AMONG THE WALLS OF OUR SOCIETY OF OUR MODERN-DAY CULTURE. KEEPING OUR EYE ON THE LORD WHO GUIDES OUR WAY. TO ATTAIN WHAT JESUS PROMISES US THAT WHOEVER HOLDS OUT TO THE END WILL ESCAPE ETERNAL DEATH AND WILL OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE.

8 thoughts on “Daily Catholic Mass – 2019-01-16 – Dcn Gerald

  1. Arlene Gage Post author

    Unfortunately the bad priests stink up the whole group and this is a shame. There are many wonderful holy priests who now face humiliation and scorn.

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  2. Jason Williamson Post author

    Im praying for all of you…only in Jesus Christ is the fullness of grace and truth…Jesus Christ is the Rock…Mary was not a perpetual virgin and she is not a queen…the Roman Catholic church is pagan..paganism and full of idols and idolatry…repent…

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  3. cloudsabove Post author

    He was nice to listen to, but his homily was a general statement on how to be a good Christian, and didn't teach me anything or help persuade me that the Christian faith is correct.

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  4. Emmy Engelhardt Post author

    Thank you for your great Homily Father. God bless us all.
    Please include me and my daughter Beverly in your prayers. I need justice why my daughter is in Kinderheim. I need justice from the abuse of power and unfair practices of some of the powerful offices here in Dinslaken, Germany. I need justice from the child abuse of my psychiatric ill ex-husband. Thank you in advance.

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  5. Andre Newcomb Post author

    Mary was easy. Supposedly she conceived a virgin birth . . . yet, she continued birthing. And would not speak up to/for the Son of God at the party. Thus greet Narcissus. Greet Perseus.

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  6. Walk Away From The Hate Forever Post author

    SALVATION IS ONLY THROUGH A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS
    "He commands all people everywhere to repent"
    (Acts 17:30)
    "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God"
    (Ephesians 2:8)
    "For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus"
    (1Timothy 2:5)
    "There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
    (Acts 4:12)
    "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
    (Romans 10:13)

    My friends,
    Salvation is ONLY promised to those who have repented and trusted in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. There are no "good works" we can do to make up for our sin. Please read the bible and put your faith in God, not man, church or anyone else. If you call upon the Lord to forgive you and save you, he will. Once you have done that, you will be born again and will be a new creature in Christ Jesus, Amen

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